March 2018

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ALERT: Refund scam flagged by Canadian beef breeders

The Canadian Beef Breeds Council issued a warning after numerous producers reported fake emails looking to set up a sale, then requesting a refund before cheques clear. Scammers pose as real companies and company staff, the council warned. The scammers then send a fraudulent, but valid-looking, cheque and contact producers after the cheque is deposited, but before it clears, requesting a partial refund. Read more here.
Genome editing or CRISPR and other DNA technologies have been lauded as both saviours and destroyers of food production depending upon your perspective and preferred news sources. Temple Grandin offers brief commentary in her recent presentation summarized in this newsletter. but now Tad Sonstegard gives his opinion here.

Delta takes EnVigour HX™ to 4-H clubs

Delta Genomics is proud to have partnered with 4-H Alberta and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF) to introduce some youngsters and their parents around the province to EnVigour HX(TM). Find out more here.

Temple Grandin speaks at 2018 Livestock Care Conference

Temple Grandin has a reputation as a captivating speaker. She did not disappoint when she thrilled the audience at the Alberta Farm Animal Care’s 2018 Livestock Care Conference. Read more here.

Agri-Food Innovation Centre opens at USask

A new, $17.5 million Agri-Food Innovation Centre at USask will expand the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre’s capacity to develop and process products. The space includes a food processing incubator, labs and a pilot plant. The Food Centre is the primary source of food product development and commercialization for the Saskatchewan food industry. Read more here.

Engineering more digestible grass could reduce livestock pastures

How can we help cows and other animals get more out of the grass they eat? Early efforts to answer this question weren't much to write home about but that's changing. Scientists have discovered a gene that can be turned down to make grass more digestible – and more efficient. Read more here.

Call for collaborators

On that subject... if you are interested in collaborating with us on this exciting area, please contact us to discuss opportunities for new research funding.

Wearable tech for cows

'Moocall': New technology alerts ranchers when cows are in labour

A new technology that monitors pregnant cows and alerts ranchers when their animals are in labour is receiving praise in the pasturelands of Alberta, with many saying it lightens their workload during the busy calving season. Read more here.

Call for collaborators
Still in the area of wearables... we're working with technology and academic partners in the UK to increase our phenotyping efforts in beef cattle. If this area is of interest to you, please contact us to discuss upcoming opportunities for industry collaboration! 

A happy pig is a healthy pig

Ensuring the pigs are happy and not stressed can make them healthier and more disease-resistant and reduce antibiotic use, as well as improve meat quality. Yolande Seddon at USask has just won nearly $900,000 to find the balance between happiness and the producer's bottom line. Read more here.


April 3. Cattle Traceability Study Overview. BeefUSA Webinar
April 3-5. Alberta Institute of Agrologists 14th Annual Conference. Banff, AB
April 6-8, Saskatchewan Beef Expo, Saskatoon, SK
April 10-11. Cdn Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Semi-annual meeting. Regina, SK
April 11-14. National Holstein Convention. Quebec, QC
April 15, 16-18. Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training. Olds, AB
April 19. Putting the tools to use: buying your next bull. NCBA webinar
April 23-24. AIC Annual Conference. Education in Ag Science. Ready for the future? Guelph, ON
May 29-31. Canadian Meat Council annual conference. Montreal, QC

Optimistic cows more likely to take a chance

Cordy Cox doesn't need a fancy scientific report to tell her cows have personalities but a professor at UBC had to prove it. Marina von Keyserlingk's article, "Pessimism and Fearfulness in Dairy Calves" was published in Scientific Reports, confirming what Cox, a rancher and president of the Cariboo Cattleman's Association, has known for years. Read more here.

The lighter side. April Fool?

This article about a vegetarian butcher is in The Economist, which doesn't usually "fool" around but we just...can't... be... sure...
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